Walnut and maple bridle chest

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Project by mfike posted 2149 days ago 1273 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this project in an arts and crafts book. I’ll probably use this as a blanket chest by the bed. It’s 1.25” walnut frame with mortise and tenon joinery. The panels are maple plywood fit into grooves that run the length of the rails, stiles, and legs. I didn’t have anything thicker than 1 inch in walnut so every piece is actually laminated from 2 thinner pieces. The legs are mitered on the outside corners with biscuits to add a little extra strength. The bottom is unfinished cedar. The corbels are 3/8” thick to add some contrast in depth. This is my third real project and I really enjoy using the mortise and tenon joints. Hope you like it.

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#1 posted 2149 days ago

Great looking Chest! What type of finish?

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#2 posted 2149 days ago

Nice looking chest.

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#3 posted 2149 days ago

That is a nice looking chest. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 2149 days ago

Very nice work on the chest. I like the colors of wood that you chose.

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#5 posted 2149 days ago

I do like this very much. Nice work. Welcome to lumberjocks. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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#6 posted 2149 days ago

This is a great looking chest. I love the design and the contrasting woods. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 2149 days ago

Excellent work! I really like the design. I especially like the contrast with the maple ply panels.


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#8 posted 2149 days ago

Thats a nice chest.

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#9 posted 2149 days ago

The finish is tung oil, boiled linseed oil, and poly mix with a couple top coats of poly

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#10 posted 2149 days ago

Great looking chest. A nice job.

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#11 posted 2149 days ago

Very nice looking chest.

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#12 posted 2148 days ago

Looks strong and beautiful.

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#13 posted 2148 days ago

Very nice work. I always enjoy a nice Black Walnut project. The contrast with the Maple is striking.

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#14 posted 2147 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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